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May 14, 2015 10:16 am

Two Jews Among Those Killed in Deadly Amtrak Derailment

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Two Jews died after an Amtrak train derailed on Tuesday night. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Two Jews were among the seven people killed in the Amtrak train derailment on Tuesday night in Philadelphia, a crash that also injured more than 200 people.

Citing a text message from her family, the New York Times on Wednesday reported the death of Rachel Jacobs, a 39-year-old CEO who was commuting back to her Manhattan home from her job with ApprenNet, an online education start-up in West Philadelphia.

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Also killed was 20-year-old Justin Zemser, president of the Jewish Midshipmen Club at the U.S. Naval Academy.

“Everybody looked up to my son and there are just no other words I could say,” said his mother, Susan Zemser, NBC News reported.

Jacobs was very active in the Jewish community near Detroit, where she grew up. In a 2011 interview, she spoke about her deep connection to the Jewish community.

“When we think about what it means to be Jewish, it’s very much focused on building community,” she said in describing Detroit Nation, a non-profit she co-founded.

Federal investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are still looking into the cause of Tuesday night’s crash. The train’s “black box” device was taken to an Amtrak center in Delaware to learn more about the final moments.

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